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Marie Jonsson-Harrison, Contemporary Naive Artist – conceptual approach. It may sound naïve of me, but happiness is my inspiration. I started painting whilst pregnant with my first child, during a time which should have been bed rest, concentrating on happy thoughts and concepts that brought me joy helped cement a positive mind set in my personal life.When I shared these works with others, they too smiled and I realized that laughter is a universal language and that as images needed no translating, my work could be appreciated by any culture.Maybe the fact that I traveled so much in my first career as a model (former SA and Australian Model of the Year), connected me into the idea of the universality of art. I never saw myself as restricted to a single culture, the international stage was familiar to me and my continued success in Japan as well as in Europe is a reflection of the collective human response to art.The initial inspiration for individual pieces is often very ordinary, based in what I hear and do, local events or scenes. I’m passionate about human rights, conservation, animal welfare and the environment and many of my works reflect this in a humorous way. Humour can enable people to connect to a subject, and a wry wit is very evident in my work.Highly detailed, my pieces invite close study and are often tactile, rendered in relief, with lots of texture and vibrant colour. My father was a sculptor, however, it was my own paintings that led me in that direction and I began working with clay. I have been commissioned to design several public sculptures. The largest spanning 44 meters Balaklava. Here my focus has been on the community within which these works reside and I often get the community involved in its execution.Iconic places often feature in my work, but the real inspiration is how people use these spaces and what may happen in the passing parade of life. People watching is a great start and I store these cameos in my mind’s eye and bring them out later in a painting.My naïve style reflects not a child’s view of the world as is often suggested, but rather a witty dialogue between the artist and the viewer on the foibles of life and the humour to be found everyday situations.I fill my frame with detail reflecting the business of all our lives and suggesting that even the most commonplace subject is worth a closer study.What inspires me to paint? Painting itself. I love it and each new work generates the next.The human condition is an inexhaustible pool of creativity.My bright and colourful naïve art, in painted canvas and ceramic mosaic is featured in exhibitions throughout the world, including Japan, USA and Europe.My designs have also been successfully transferred to other uses, such as quilts and pillows in New York and Israel. Winston Knows represents her debut as a children’s book illustrator. Marie was born in Sweden and has called Australia home since a teenager.She is the current artist for Danish chocolatier SV Michelsen’s limited edition chocolate tin, with the first tin always presented to the Queen of Denmark.2016 shows1. November 2015 - Exhibition in Berlin, Germany2. 2015- 2016 Public Sculpture for McLaren Vale3. March 2016 - Exhibition in Paris, France4. April 2016 - Exhibition in Copenhagen, Denmark5. June 2016 - Festival d'art naïf, Saumur, France6. June- August 2016 - Festival Naive in Katowice, Poland7. July - Festival d'art naïf, Saint Junien, France7a. August 2016 SALA South Australia8. September Meeting with "Elephants on Parade" in Dubai for a sculpture Commission, and a launch party being discussed and flights over to attend.9. September Quebec exhibition, Canada

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EXHIBITIONS: MARIE JONSSON-HARRISON
2015 to 2016 Katowice, Poland; Copenhagen, Denmark; Odense, Denmark, A Bus Full of Art Fringe Tour, South Australia, Galerie du Vert Galant, Paris, Galerie Knud Grothe, Copenhagen Denmark. Festival d’art naïf, Saumur, France

2016 Galerie Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Copenhagen, Denmark 2016 Festival d’art naïf, Saumur, France
2016 A Bus Full of Art Fringe Tour, South Australia
2016 Galerie du Vert Galant, Paris,
2016 Festival d’art naïf, Saumur, France
2015 Galerie Gutman Art, Berlin, Germany
2015 SALA Woodcroft Community Centre, Adelaide, Australia
2015 Greenachers Library,
2015 Outsider Festival, Adelaide, South Australia

2015 Galerie Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Copenhagen, Denmark

2015 Kunstgalleriet Odense, Odense, Denmark

2015 Art Naive Festival in Katowice, Poland (representing Australia)

2014 Kunstgalleriet Odense, Odense, Denmark
2014 Art Naive Festival in Katowice, Poland (representing Australia)
2014 Project Mapping (video mapping) on Swedish Embassy, Warsaw, Poland
2014 Galerie Knud Grothe, Charlottenlund, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 Sculpture for Sight, St Marks College, Adelaide, South Australia
2013 Outsider Festival, Adelaide, South Australia
2013 Naive Art of Australia, Callan Park Gallery, Sydney University, Australia
2013 Kunstgalleriet Odense, Odense, Denmark
2013 Galleri Naif, Islands Brygge, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 Galleri Naif, Islands Brygge, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 Bathing Box Project and the Sea Change exhibition,Holdfast Discovery Center,Glenelg, SA
2013 Art Naive Festival in Katowice, Poland (representing Australia)
2012 Sculpture for Sight, St Marks College, Adelaide, South Australia
2012 Outsider Festival, Adelaide, South Australia
2012 Art Naive Festival in Katowice, Poland (representing Australia)
2012 The Demise or Otherwise of South Australia’s Gulfs exhibition, Gallery M, South Australia
2012 SALA FESTIVAL, Play at the Bay Exhibition, Holdfast Bay Discovery Center, Glenelg, SA
2012 Henri Rousseau exhibition, Normandy, France
2011. Post Cards Exhibition at the Bay, Glenelg, South Australia
2011 Art Naive Festival in Katowice, Poland (representing Australia)
2011 Sala Festival, Waverley Homestead, Willunga, SA
2011 Sala Festival Award Finalists, Keith Murdock House, Adelaide, SA
2011 Outsider Festival, Adelaide, South Australia
2011 Brighton Jetty Sculpture Exhibition, Brighton, South Australia
2011 Sala Festival, White Cedars Cafe, Burra,SA
2011 Mondial d’art Naif Festival, Katowice, Poland
2009. Solo Show Greenhill Galleries Adelaide
2009. Solo Show Ascot Gallery, Kadina SA
2009. Scotch College Adelaide
2009. Sala Festival. Penna Lane Winery.Clare Valley SA
2009. Post Cards Exhibition at the Bay, Glenelg South Australia
2009. Florey Foundation Exhibition.
2009 St Kevin’s College. Melbourne Vic
2008. St Kevin’s College, Melbourne
2008. Scotch College Exhibition, Scotch College, Adelaide SA
2008. SALA Festival, White Cedars Cafe, Burra SA
2008. Newland Exhibition, Solo Show Adelaide
2008. Florey Foundation Exhibition Adelaide
2008. Clare SALA Festival, Seven Hill Winery, Clare SA
2008. Canberra Steve Fox Gallery
2007. Solo. Exhibition, Print Bin, Hyde Park, Adelaide SA
2007. Solo Exhibition, Greenhill’s Galleries Nth Adelaide SA
2006. Solo Exhibition, Nagoya Japan.
2004. The Banque. Adelaide South Australia
2004. Scotch College Exhibition, South Australia
2004. Greenhill Galleries, Solo Show, Nth Adelaide SA
2004. Greenhill Galleries Nth Adelaide
2003. Art Domain, Adelaide SA.
2002. Scotch College Exhibition, Scotch College
2002. Bruce Auction House.
2001. Stanthorpe Art Gallery, Queensland
2000. Nilsson Gallery, Bruzaholm, Sweden.
2000. Australian Naive Gallery, Sydney2000. Verlie Just Town Gallery and Japan Room, Brisbane
1999. Verlie Just Town Gallery and Japan Room, Brisbane OLD.
1999. Parker Cultural Centre, Denver Colorado, USA.
1998. The Warehouse gallery, Parker, Colorado, USA
1998. Queen Street Gallery, Sydney.
1998. Kensington Gallery, Adelaide.199B. Clare Valley Spring Fair Exhibition, South Australia.
1998. Hahndorf Academy, Hahndorf, South Australia.
1998. Balaklava Court House Gallery, Balaklava, South Australia.
1998. Art Gallery at Pine hill Ranch, Colorado, USA.
1998. Art Gallery at Pine Hill Ranch, Colorado, USA.
1997. Woodstock Winery Exhibition, McLaren Flat, South Australia.
1997. Port sea Summer Exhibition, Victoria.
1997. Ninon Garu, Tokyo, Japan.
1997. Loreto College Exhibition, Loreto College, Adelaide.
1997. Gallery Harvest, Nagoya Japan.
1997. Art Gallery at Pine Hill Ranch, Denver Colorado, USA.
1996. Some Days are Diamonds, Adelaide.
1996. Newland Gallery, Adelaide.
1996. Museum of Civilization, Canada.
1996. Libby Edwards Gallery, Melbourne.
1996. Gannon house Gallery, Sydney.
1996. Gallery Ikko, Nagoya, Japan.
1996. Burra Gallery, Burra, South Australia.
1996. Balaklava Court House Gallery, Balaklava, South Australia.
1996. Art Images Naive Exhibition,
1995. Gallery Harvest, Nagoya, Japan.
1994. Gallery Harvest, Nagoya, Japan.
1994. Gallery Gibraltar, Bowral, NSW.
1994. Australian Naive Art Book Launch Exhibition, Libby Edward’s Gallery,
1994. Australian Naive Art Book Launch Exhibition, Barry Stern Gallery, Sydney.
1993. Greenaway Gallery, Adelaide
1993. Gallery Harvest, Nagoya, Japan
1992. State of the Art of the State, Festival Theatre, Adelaide
1992. Loreto College Exhibition, Loreto College, Adelaide.
1991. Winter Collectors Exhibition, Elder Fine Art gallery, Adelaide.
1991. Sport Naive, Australian Naive Gallery, Sydney.
1991. Loreto College Exhibition, Loreto College, Adelaide.
1991. Joint Exhibition, with Howard Steer, Gallery Art Naive,
1991. Christmas show, Gallery Art Naive, Melbourne.
1991. Annual Naive Exhibition, Gallery Art Naive, Melbourne.
1991. Adam & Eve Exhibition, Australian Naive Gallery, Sydney.
1990. Sport of Kings, Elder Fine Art Gallery, Adelaide.
1990. Loreto college Exhibition (featured artist), Loreto College,
1990. Festival of Arts (featured artist), Elder Fine art Gallery, Adelaide.
1990. Contemporary Art Centre, Adelaide
1990. Annual Naive Exhibition, Gallery Art Naive, Melbourne.
1989. Annual Naive Art Exhibition, Gallery Art Naive, Melbourne.

AWARDS
2013 First Prize, Religious Art, American Art Awards, Los Angeles, USA (painting “Noahs Ark”)
2013 First Prize for Naive Art, American Art Awards, Los Angeles, USA (painting “The true colors of Hindley Street)
2011 . Post Cards at the Bay, one of 5 prizes
2011 Top Ten Finalist In the Advertiser Business SA Contemporary Art Prize
2010. First Prize Country Section, Port Adelaide Rotary Show
2009. Post cards at the bay, one of 5 prizes
2009. Port Adelaide Rotary Show 2nd Prize Country Section
2007. SA Great Award for the Arts Regional
2007. Finalist, Waterhouse; Adelaide Museum
2007. 1st Prize Clare Rotary Art Show
2005. Highly Commended, Clare Rotary Art Show.
2005. Finalist, the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize.
2005. Balco Art Show, Highly Commended
2004. Naive Award, Clare Rotary Show, judge; Paul Greenaway.
2003. Naive Award, Clare Rotary Show, Judge, Russell Starke.
2003. Christianity, an Australian Dimension, Highly Commended, judge, Archbishop Ian George
2002. SA Great Award, For the Arts. South Australia.
2000. Finalist Fleurieu Biennale.
2000. Elders Stock Journal Art Award, Royal Adelaide Show.
2000. Balco Art Award, Country Prize, Balaklava, South Australia.
1999. Port Art Show, 2nd Prize, Country Section, Judge, Kym Bonython.
1999. Balco Art Award, District Prize, Balaklava, South Australia.
1998. Balco Art Award, District Prize, Balaklava, South Australia.
1997. Balco Art Award, 1st Prize and District Prize, Balaklava, South Australia.
1991. Port Art Show, 2nd Prize, Judge, David Dallwitz.
1990. Port Art Show, Highly Commended (one of six) Judge, Kym Bonython.
1988. Katherine Show, Fabric Paint Section, 1st Prize.
1988. Katherine Show, Acrylic Section, 2nd prize.

PUBLICATIONS
2015 Chocolate Tin, numbered edition by SV Michelsen, Denmark
2014 Art Naif Festiwal, (soft cover book)Eko-Art Silesia, Katowice, Poland
2014 Danmark wine label, Solanera, Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Project Mapping (video mapping) on Swedish Embassy, Warsaw, Poland (featured in Polish Press and in the Metro and Buses )
2013 ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE, Australia, Undiscovered No.64 (April-June)
2013 Additional painting published on duvets (quilt covers) by ARTnBED in New York and Israel
2012 Paintings published on duvets (quilt covers) by ARTnBED in New York and Israel
2012 Olympic festivities print by Giclee Link (UK publisher) London2012
2012 Art Naif Festiwal, (soft cover book)Eko-Art Silesia, Katowice, Poland
2012 French Art magazine ARTtension (special edition on Naive art around the world,ARTension on L’Art naïf aujourd’hui)
2011 Art Naif Festiwal, (soft cover book)Eko-Art Silesia, Katowice, Poland
2011 The Outsiders Festival 2011, hard cover book, Stefan Maguran
2011 Bay Discovery Centre Post Card
Who’s Who of Australian Women 2013
Who’s Who of Australian Women 2012
Who’s Who of Australian Women 2011
Who’s Who of Australian Women 2010
Who’s Who of Australian Women 2009
2 Greeting cards, for Care Cards Australia
2009. Bay Discovery Centre Post Card
Who’s who? (Women) 2008
Who’s Who? Australia, National 2008.
Who’s Who South Australia; 2007
Adam & Steve, Hendrickson Publications, Peabody Massachusetts USA
Fridge Magnets, Enfield Council, Adelaide.

COMMISSIONS

2014 – 2015 McLaren Vale Unvealed (public sculpture in drawing stage)
2014 – 2015 Jamestown (midnorth SA) sculpture (under construction) Country Women’s Gathering Association
2014 Project Mapping on Swedish Embassy, Warsaw, Poland
2012 Olympic festivities print by Giclee Link (UK publisher) London2012
Wakefield Regional Council 2008
Airedale Primary School 2005
Balaklava Library 2003
Wakefield Regional Council 2001
Mount Lofty House, Mount Lofty, South Australia.
John Shearer Ltd, Australia.
Wilson’s Vineyard, 2 Wine Labels, Riesling & Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wine label, Port Adelaide, Centenary Committee.
Penna Lane Winery. Clare, South Australia.

Plus many more as well as private commission

PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
Australia, America. Japan. Europe. Scandinavia.
GRANTS
2000. Centenary of Federation, Grant, (for public sculptures)
1999. South Australian Country Arts Trust, Arts SA, Australia Council (for public sculptures)

PUBLIC SCULPTURES

2014 – 2015 McLaren Vale Unvealed (public sculpture in drawing stage)
2014 – 2015 Jamestown (midnorth SA) sculpture (under construction) Country Women’s Gathering Association
2008. Public benches, Wakefield Council, Balaklava Youth Week, Balaklava SA
2005. Airedale Primary School, Port Pirie South Australia.
2003. Water Feature, Balaklava Library Balaklava, South Australia
2003. Des Ross Memorial Artwork, Balaklava, South Australia.
2001. Centenary of Federation Sculpture, Balaklava, South Australia, 44 Meters long.

Press

PUBLICATION
2015 Childrens Book, Winston Knows, author Jan Gaebler-Smith, illustrator Marie Jonsson-Harrison
2015 Chocolate Tin, numbered edition by SV Michelsen, Denmark
2014 Art Naif Festiwal, (soft cover book)Eko-Art Silesia, Katowice, Poland
2014 Danmark wine label, Solanera, Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Project Mapping (video mapping) on Swedish Embassy, Warsaw, Poland (featured in Polish Press and in the Metro and Buses )
2013 ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE, Australia, Undiscovered No.64 (April-June)
2013 Additional painting published on duvets (quilt covers) by ARTnBED in New York and Israel
2012 Paintings published on duvets (quilt covers) by ARTnBED in New York and Israel
2012 Olympic festivities print by Giclee Link (UK publisher) London2012
2012 Art Naif Festiwal, (soft cover book)Eko-Art Silesia, Katowice, Poland
2012 French Art magazine ARTtension (special edition on Naive art around the world,ARTension on L’Art naïf aujourd’hui)
2011 Art Naif Festiwal, (soft cover book)Eko-Art Silesia, Katowice, Poland
2011 The Outsiders Festival 2011, hard cover book, Stefan Maguran
2011 Bay Discovery Centre Post Card
Who’s Who of Australian Women 2013
Who’s Who of Australian Women 2012
Who’s Who of Australian Women 2011
Who’s Who of Australian Women 2010
Who’s Who of Australian Women 2009
2 Greeting cards, for Care Cards Australia
2009. Bay Discovery Centre Post Card
Who’s who? (Women) 2008
Who’s Who? Australia, National 2008.
Who’s Who South Australia; 2007
Adam & Steve, Hendrickson Publications, Peabody Massachusetts USA
Fridge Magnets, Enfield Council, Adelaide.

Influences

I have of course always been influenced by my father sculptor Ted Jonsson who encouraged me to paint and bought me canvases and art materials and made me a wonderful wooden box to store it all in :) My other influences are Grandma
Moses who became famous at 78 as a naive artists and Henri Rousseau (felt very privileged to have been invited to take part in his 100 years anniversary exhibition in France) and the British humorous naive artist Beryl Cook.